“Today everyone is afraid of it”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Claims James Cameron Predicted Future With His $2 Billion Franchise

"Today everyone is afraid of it": Arnold Schwarzenegger Claims James Cameron Predicted Future With His $2 Billion Franchise
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James Cameron is a visionary indeed, and Arnold Schwarzenegger agrees too! The movie the actor-director duo made back in 1984 uncannily predicted the future. The fantasy tale, once a great screenplay that flourished into a successful franchise at its best, has now turned into a reality. The movie in question is none other than The Terminator. Although it was deemed way ahead of its time back then, it has now been confirmed, as the world is on the verge of being taken over by AI.


In a recent chat with People, Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed that the 1984 film predicted the future of technology and artificial intelligence with its cyborg assassin. And for that, the miraculous growth of technology over the past few years is to be thanked for making the billion-dollar franchise a reality.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Claims The Terminator Predicted the Future

Back in 1984, the actor-director duo Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron presented the world with such a cinema whose success remains unmatched to this day. The Terminator was turned into a $2 billion franchise with several sequels, the impact it had on the world of cinema is unparallel, and in turn, served as a turning point in the industry back then.

The films still serve as a reminder of how ahead of its time it was, in a recent interview with People, the actor, and lead of the franchise, Schwarzenegger helped people realize how the movie predicted the future, all while discussing his concerns with the world of the artificial intelligence. The actor praised the brainchild of Cameron and said,

“Today, everyone is frightened of it, of where this is gonna go,—And in this movie, in Terminator, we talk about the machines becoming self-aware and they take over,”

Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator

He went on to emphasize that despite the scarcity of information on the subject back in the day, Cameron managed to develop a script that bore a striking resemblance to the current day and age. He said,


“At that time we (had) scratched the surface of AI, artificial intelligence. Think about that.—Now over the course of decades, it has become a reality. So it’s not any more fantasy or kind of futuristic. It is here today. And so this is the extraordinary writing of Jim Cameron,”

The remarkable piece of cinema not only packed the house back when it was premiered, the impact that it still has makes it timeless.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger on Working With James Cameron

It is no secret that James Cameron is widely regarded as a genius in the film industry. Known for pushing the boundaries of technology and visual effects, while constantly serving unparalleled visual spectacles to the viewers. Other than The Terminatorhe has revolutionized the world of cinema with his films such as Avatar and Titanic. 

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James Cameron

Hence, it would be a dream come true for any actor to work with the victory artist. Thus, while speaking with the media outlet, People, the actor shared his experience working with the director on the movie franchise The Terminator. He said,

“He’s just such an extraordinary writer and he’s such an unbelievable director, this is again, one of those things that I wish I could take credit for this movie. I can only take credit of the character that I played and the way I played it. But I mean, he has created this character. He has written it so well, he’s written the movie so well, and that’s why he is, you know, the number one director in the world.”

Thus, although it is true that the writing in the movie, The Terminator bore an uncanny resemblance to today’s world, only time will tell how accurately its depiction of the future unfolds.

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Source: People


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